can i overwater? - Knowledgebase Question

RUNNEMEDE, NJ
Question by mammie19
June 21, 2007
my forsythia bushes just planted 6 weeks ago are now droopy and they weren't until the last week also a dogwood twig bush is also getting soggy looking they are at least 25' apart have i overwatered?


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Answer from NGA
June 21, 2007

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Over watering and under watering can both cause drooping or wilting due to root damage. Your goal in watering is to keep the soil evenly moist like a wrung out sponge, not sopping wet and not dried out. To know if you need to water, dig into the soil with your finger. If it is still damp, do not water yet. When you do water, apply it to the soil surface and water thoroughly and slowly so it soaks down to the deeper roots. After watering, wait a few hours and then dig down to see how far the water soaked in; it can be surprising.

There is no set schedule for watering, it depends on your soil type and on the weather. Using an organic mulch several inches thick over the root area will help reduce watering needs as well as feed the soil gradually as it breaks down over time. I hope this helps you trouble shoot.

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